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Old 07-16-2009, 11:26 PM
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Mr. Norms Cuda tail panel

Here is the tail panel from Mr. Norms, sorry about the low res photo, I will post another one as soon as I get the wife to take a better one. What do you guys think about it anyway??

Thanks for all the comments, both good and bad. I really like the look of the panel, yes it's kinda simple and it's a cheap looking design. You know, I believe that Mr. Norm and those guys wanted it to be that way or else they simply wouldn't have created it. I like to be different with the mods on my cars (not saying different is always better). I will put some pics up of the car with the lights on at night. The lights don't shine through the edges of the panel like you would think though, which is cool. Honestly, the only thing I don't like about the panels are the price.
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I like it but wish they were able to do something different with the reverse lighting.
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Here's one from Carlisle that's a little different. I pretty sure it's Mr. Norms
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Here's one from Carlisle that's a little different. I pretty sure it's Mr. Norms
Nice ride. I like the tails on this one. It incorporates the reverse lights. But all that work to do the Cuda convertible then cheap out on a fake shaker hood......
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I really like the way the tail lights were done. A faithful reproduction of the 1971.

The shaker should have been bolted onto to the engine, however. That being said, it will be very difficult to recreate the visual and performance aspects of the original shaker. Modern computer-controlled engines idle too smoothly to create a "shaker" effect. Also, the original shaker was mounted directly on top of the four-barrel carbs for a true ram-air effect at top end speeds (good for 5 hp). With fuel injection this is not possible and circuitous tubing must be used to route the air intake.
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Originally Posted by BlownBaggedNDragged View Post
Here is the tail panel from Mr. Norms, sorry about the low res photo, I will post another one as soon as I get the wife to take a better one. What do you guys think about it anyway??
Very Nice ! what I really like about that one is it isn't very invasive, and can easily returned to stock if wanted...the tail lights on the convertible are actual cuda tail light units and required some fabrication to make them fit, I don't know if i'd be willing to chop up the tail section of my car for any mod.
The kit you installed is quick and clean and and imho looks good, (got one myself!)
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I like the factory tail. Very retro and I like the D O D G E lettering across the back.
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The tail panel on the new convertible appears to be a little nicer. I got a chance to look at the Mr. Norm's Cudas upclose in Vegas earlier this year, and the Cuda tailpanels on them (same as the black car posted on this thread) were terrible. Very cheap and ricketty looking. For the backup lights, they have cut two slits in the panel directly in front of the Challenger backup light. Then, they covered the slits (on the backside) with some kind of mesh material intended to keep you from seeing the word "Dodge." It doesn't work -- you can still make out some of the word Dodge.

The Cuda grill treatment was okay, but the back panel was very amateurish.
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The tail panel on the new convertible appears to be a little nicer. I got a chance to look at the Mr. Norm's Cudas upclose in Vegas earlier this year, and the Cuda tailpanels on them (same as the black car posted on this thread) were terrible. Very cheap and ricketty looking. For the backup lights, they have cut two slits in the panel directly in front of the Challenger backup light. Then, they covered the slits (on the backside) with some kind of mesh material intended to keep you from seeing the word "Dodge." It doesn't work -- you can still make out some of the word Dodge.

The Cuda grill treatment was okay, but the back panel was very amateurish.
I have to agree. The tail panel is simply stuck over the stock taillights. When you look at the gap between the trunk and the body, you can still see the taillight panel behind the overlay. I bet at night you can see the light spilling out around the edges of the cuda panel too.....horible execution
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sorry, i think you might have ruined the car. why????
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